Join us for the Twin Cities’ own Yiddish and Klezmer music festival, Klezmer on Ice! We’ll gather February 2-5, 2023 for a weekend of dancing, singing, performances, and workshops, and more.
- Headlining concert featuring Midwood (Jake Shulman-Ment, Eleonore Weill, Yoshie Fruchter, Richie Barshay)
- Yiddish singing
- Klezmer music + ice skating
Presented in partnership with:
- Folk Will Save Us
- Art Shanty Projects
- Temple of Aaron Synagogue
- and more to be announced
Performers and Teachers:
Midwood ft. Jake Shulman-Ment
Led by violinist Jake Shulman-Ment, Midwood is a contemporary klezmer/rock celebration of freedom, wandering, and migration. Featuring some of the most exciting young performers on the international world music stage, they seamlessly traverse borders through original compositions, expansive improvisations on traditional melodies, and heart-wrenching re-imaginings of Yiddish folk songs.
Jake Shulman-Ment – violin (Daniel Kahn, Frank London, Di Naye Kapelye)
Yoshie Fruchter – guitar (John Zorn, Zion 80, Pitom)
Richie Barshay – drums (Herbie Hancock, The Klezmatics, Esperanza Spalding)
Eleonore Weill – vocals, wooden flute, hurdy-gurdy (Tsibele, Frank London, Joey Weisenberg, Fada, Ali Dineen, eleonoreweill.com)
Rabbi Noam Lerman
Rabbi Noam Lerman (they/them) teaches experimental and songful workshops that give life to Yiddish Tkhines, Ashkenazi spontaneous supplications that were once regularly written and prayed by women and gender non-conforming people. Noam has acted as a chaplain for elders, incarcerated, and previously incarcerated individuals fighting for survival and healing. They are one of the co-founders of Let My People Sing!, an intergenerational and liberatory Jewish singing retreat. Noam is a teacher, ritual-holder, musician, Hebrew scribe, Restorative Justice Circle Keeper, and deeply enjoys spending time in nature.
Formed in 2022 by local Rabbis Marcus Rubenstein (Temple of Aaron) and Tobias Moss (Temple Israel), Jewbalaya plays a feel-good mixture of Klezmer and Traditional New Orleans jazz!
Featuring songs in Yiddish, English, Ladino, Hebrew, and Aramaic, The Klezmommies bring music from across the Jewish Diaspora to Wisconsin’s Fox Valley with chaos, charm, and chutzpah! These nine no-goodniks straddle past and present to prophecize the future through the melodies of their foremommies. The band’s dearest joy is to play together, that our yearning for better times might invite the world to come.
Stay tuned for more performers and teachers.